In recent years the city of Nice has invested enormous amount of time and money in encouraging everyone to use the public transport system. As of this writing, the bus and tram system is undergoing a total overhaul. A new bus network will be put in place in September 2019. By the end of the year a new tram network will be fully operational. When it is all completed, it will be possible to go from one end of Nice to the other in less than a half-hour just using public transport!
After many years of haggling, planning and construction, Nice's first tramway running north-south opened in November 2007. A second tram line running east-west went into partial service in December 2018. It will be extended to central Nice in June 2019 and will be fully operational by December 2019. A third tram line running from the Airport to St Isidore will also come into service at the end of the year. More.
Nice has a very good bus network, hampered only by infrequent service on Sundays and in off-hours. During the day however, the buses are fast and frequent, using special bus lanes to bypass Nice's notorious traffic. More.
To be avoided if at all possible. Taxi fares are the highest in continental France and dishonest drivers are legion. More.
With the mild climate and a long, flat shoreline, biking in Nice is a pleasurable way to get around, not to mention great exercise. More.
The Nice public bike rental system is another alternative for getting around Nice. Called "velo bleu", these blue bike stands are plentiful throughout Nice but are particularly concentrated on the Promenade des Anglais. Although good in theory, there are problems. More.
Try to avoid driving around Nice if at all possible. The road network is a confusing, poorly signposted nest of one-way streets and illogical, meandering avenues. Also traffic is clogged in central Nice and parking is a nightmare. See a Nice road map.
Last updated April 1, 2019
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